An important change to way that Joint Vocational School Districts Boards of Education are comprised was championed through the legislative process by Representative Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills).


Two years ago, H.B. 59 of the 130th General Assembly made significant changes to the method by which members are appointed to JVSD Boards. One of those changes was to establish a three-year term of office for each member. An unintended consequence of that change created a significant impact on districts such as the Cuyahoga Valley Career Center (CVCC), located in Brecksville and within Representative Anielski’s district. Because CVCC has an even number of member school districts, it had always had a ninth board seat that was filled on a one-year rotating basis, so each year a different district has two representatives instead of one. Under the 2013 change, it would take twenty-four years to complete the rotation cycle instead of the usual eight.


On behalf of the CVCC community and the majority of the CVCC Board of Education, Superintendent, Dr. Celena Roebuck spoke to Rep. Anielski which resulted in her sponsored legislation that would address this issue, which was ultimately included in the recently passed operating budget, H.B. 64.


According to the Legislative Service Commission:


The bill provides that the term of office for a specific type of joint vocational school district (JVSD) board member be for one year, instead of three as required under current law. This term applies in the case of a JVSD board to which both of the following apply: (1) The JVSD board has an even number of member districts. (2) The JVSD board has a plan on file with the Department of Education that provides for an additional member to be appointed on a rotating basis by one of the appointing boards. However, under the bill, if such a member was appointed on or after September 29, 2013, that member may continue in office until the expiration of the member's current term of office (three years). If such a member vacates that office or any reason prior to the expiration of the member's term, the bill requires that the new replacement member be appointed to serve for the remainder of the vacating member's term. Once that term expires, the term of office thereafter is one year.


“It is crucial for CVCC to be responsive to the local needs of our communities,” Roebuck said. “Serving eight school districts across twenty-six communities creates varying opportunities and challenges and it is critical that those communities have equitable representation in the governing of our school district.”


Representative Anielski agrees. “The JVSD board membership was an equal representation issue of all of the municipalities that make up the Cuyahoga Valley Career Center.  I fought to ensure that all students are equally represented on that board.  I am happy to champion the issue of the JVSD board for the CVCC and all of my constituents.”


For additional information, contact or call 440-838-8920. Cuyahoga Valley Career Center is located at 8001 Brecksville Road, Brecksville 44141.Cuyahoga Valley Career Center serves the public school districts of Brecksville-Broadview Heights, Cuyahoga Heights, Garfield Heights, Independence, Nordonia Hills, North Royalton, Revere and Twinsburg.

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